Democrats have coupled identity politics with a strong narrative to build a fashionable but unrepresentative coalition of ethnic minorities, the young and the economically disadvantaged. It’s no coincidence that these are the three most politically misled groups in America.
Democrats’ winning narrative goes something like this: wealthy, white males have dominated and abused those with whom they differ for centuries, and only enlightened, well-intentioned government can stand in the way of these abuses. The larger the size and scope of government, the better and more fair our society will be.
That divisive, “us versus them” mentality came to a head last fall, when Obama infamously told an audience of Hispanics that Republicans are their “enemies” who need to be “punished.”
Barack Obama’s background and incredible personal narrative made him an ideal candidate to carry this banner in 2008. But four recent scandals have left his narrative in tatters:
First there was Benghazi: Obama, in the midst of his reelection campaign and still riding high off the killing of Bin Laden, failed to call the attacks what they were: a deliberate and orchestrated terrorist attack on our embassy on the anniversary of September 11. Whether he did so out of ignorance or malice is irrelevant. Four Americans were killed abroad, and instead of giving the American people the facts, the Administration blamed the attack on a video that offended Muslims: an thinly-veiled and inartful means of spinning tragedy to fit the Democrats’ narrative.
Next came the implementation of Obamacare. Even one of the bill’s chief authors, Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana, has admitted that the process is “a train wreck,” and has opted not to seek reelection in 2014. The failure to implement a federal program that seizes one sixth of the economy and was written in legislation that we were told by Nancy Pelosi was so important that we had to pass it before we could know what was in it, is nothing short of scandalous.
Now, we’re learning that the IRS specifically targeted and harassed outspoken conservatives, from Tea Party groups to political pundits to student organizations to a Catholic professor, demanding everything from donor rolls to records of Facebook posts to reading lists.
As if that weren’t enough, we now know that the Attorney General’s office secretly obtained journalists’ call logs, a direct violation of our First Amendment right to a free press. Eric Holder is pointing his finger at his deputy, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
The effect that these Four Horsemen of Scandal will have on the administration will play out in the coming months, but what shouldn’t be in doubt it what these scandals say about the Democrats and their narrative.
The American people bought the Democrats’ story about government as a force for social justice. But what they got was a government run by politicians who are growing the bureaucracy towards their own ends, using its institutions to harass their political opponents and lying in the face of tragedy to promote their narrative.
The lesson: all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
It’s time for every American to give a top-to-bottom reassessment, not just of Barack Obama and his administration, but of their very philosophy on government.
David Laska is the Director of Communications for the New York State Republican Party